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Using a HeForShe ideathon to tackle gender based violence

As part of the Efficiency Exchange series on student mental health and wellbeing, Kate Williams shares with us how the University of Leicester addresses gender based violence on campus through the HeForShe campaign.

The Sensory Study Room at the University of Warwick

Supporting our students’ mental health and wellbeing requires both a wider strategic approach and attention to the needs of individual students. Laura Waller shares with us how the Sensory Study Room in the Library at the University of Warwick has managed to create a dedicated and accessible study space.

Student mental health and wellbeing – why does it matter?

While universities can do much to support their students by developing policies and practices, students can also benefit from the support of charities. In this blog Grace Anderson outlines what Student Mind offers.

EDITORIAL. Never Alone: Universities’ key role in supporting students’ wellbeing and mental health

Among the many issues universities are currently concerned about, students’ mental health and wellbeing have become a core concern. According to a YouGov’s survey (2016) a quarter of our students suffer mainly of depression and anxiety, or, mostly, both combined. The need to perform, financial worries, and being in a different and new social environment can all contribute to making students feel overwhelmed at times. The IPPR study Not by Degrees (Thorley, 2017), however, paints an even more disturbing picture.

How can e-learning support higher education after and during Brexit?

As the debate over the status of international students remains unabated and uncertainties over the likely impact of Brexit still unknown, Vitaly Klopot suggests the use of e-learning as a way for universities to continue having an impact beyond geographical constraints.

“The Sticky Campus”; improving our students’ sense of belonging through active learning, coffee and...

2018 promises to be an exciting and challenging year for universities and the Higher Education sector. Among the many less than positive news, there are also successful practices that make our universities stand out in the way in which they support their students’ experience, widen access and participation, and support their mental health and wellbeing. The ‘Sticky Campus’ at Abertay University is one such example. As Robertson explains and describes, the concept is simple and yet complex in its operationalisation.

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Co-creation of student service desk – University of Salford – case study – October...

In April 2015 the University of Salford successfully implemented askUS, a new student-facing ‘one stop shop,’ taking just fourteen weeks from project launch to service inception. The success of the askUS project was centred on co-creating with students.

Earning while learning – the right way – University of Warwick – case study

The University of Warwick helps its students to find work and re-invests in their employability and post study success via the Unitemps recruitment franchise model.

Edinburgh Napier University – using process mapping – case study – August 2017

When a team at Edinburgh Napier University needed to carry out three time consuming projects at the same time, they turned to process mapping. In this case study, project lead Fergus Jack describes the process and how it allowed the projects to be tackled simultaneously in a time efficient way.